Questions about future of wind power in N.H.

Questions about future of wind power in N.H.


“There have been several attempts in recent legislation to pass moratoria on wind energy in the state, either explicitly or de facto,” he wrote in an email. “Although those have not come to pass, there is continued pressure for the wind industry and wind supporters to defend against new legislation that would increase uncertainty, time and cost to permit wind energy facilities.”

One challenge, tied to national policy, is the expiration of the production tax credit earlier this year. But perhaps the most notable, the report said, are the challenges related to the siting of wind projects.

“Areas with the most promising wind resources may be undesirable because of their proximity to residences, the visual impact . . . and the noise they generate,” the report states.

Wind “is a tiny amount of our overall power needs that is generating huge controversies in the areas where developers want to locate them”


May 27. 2014 8:15PM

Spanish wind company Iberdrola pulls out of Newfound area project



ALEXANDRIA — Spanish wind-energy giant Iberdrola Renewables said Tuesday it is abandoning efforts to build the Wild Meadows wind farm in the Newfound Lake/Cardigan Mountain area.

The company quickly found strong opposition to the plant, particularly from a group of area residents who came to be called New Hampshire Wind Watch. Wind Watch members said the 492-foot turbines above the tree lines of Newfound Lake would ruin property values and wreck the area’s scenic vistas and tourism economy.

“We’re thrilled Iberdrola has ended its plans for Wild Meadows,” said Wind Watch President Lori Lerner of Alexandria. “Residents of the towns where the project was to be located and those living in the surrounding communities have consistently and overwhelmingly opposed the towers.”

Meanwhile, over in Vermont:

Seneca Mountain Wind developer Eolian pulls application

POSTED:   05/27/2014 11:29:16 AM EDT
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Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 28, 2014 at 9:49pm
Probably Eolian is one place where the Enron scammers wound up. Good riddance and take FirstWind away too!
Comment by Penny Gray on May 28, 2014 at 7:09am

Does anyone know who "Eolian" is a front for?  They employ four staff members?  Iberdrola is basically owned by Qatar, the richest oil country in the world.

Comment by Martha thacker on May 28, 2014 at 7:09am

The crash of the wind farm scam has more money for bribes.

Duke power (owned by Exxon) lost in court for killing birds, that was the sign we have been waiting for.

Bribery  is the only way judges and lawmakers will consistently vote/rule against the people.

Think about the job security angle. I am sure there are quite a few nervous lawmakers, select men, judges  etc. in Maine today.

Situations like the town of Lincoln suddenly having over a million dollars missing in their treasury, having to lay off employees and raise taxes.

People will  seriously ask , are those slowly turning turbines really helping us now? Where are all those jobs that we were going to enjoy?


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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